Hyacinth Tungutalum

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Hyacinth Gabriel Tungutalum (14 August 1946 – 7 April 2009) was an Australian politician and the first Indigenous Australian to be elected to a state or territory parliament.[1]

A traditional owner on the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin, Tungutalum was elected as the Country Liberal Party (CLP) member for the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly's Electoral division of Tiwi at the 1974 Northern Territory election, serving until his defeat at the 1977 election.[2]

Tungutalum died in 2009 of a heart attack.[3]


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Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Tiwi
Succeeded by
Noel Padgham-Purich